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Behavioral Biases and the Expectations Hypothesis of the Term Structure of Interest Rates

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Original languageEnglish
Publisher or commissioning bodySocial Science Research Network (SSRN) working paper
Number of pages22
DatePublished - 9 Aug 2013


We report that excess returns in the bond market exhibit the same features of short term momentum and long term reversals that are observed in the equity market. We then test whether these findings can be accounted for within a behavioural framework using the expectations of the short yield that are implicit in the term structure of interest rates. By decomposing the excess return into components related to expectation errors and expectation revisions, and extracting these from the term structure of interest rates, we show that momentum and reversals in the bond market can be explained by the well established representativeness and conservatism biases.

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    Research areas

  • behavioural economics, term structure, rational expectations

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